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Coen Brothers Collection [Blu-ray] [US Import]


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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Dashiell Hammett
  • Producers: Ben Barenholtz, Daniel F. Bacaner, Deborah Reinisch
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00553K8FY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,015 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Boff on 5 Mar 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I live in the UK, which is categorised as 'Region B' if Blu Ray encoding is applied to a disc.
I thought that it might be useful to advise other potential purchasers of this Blu Ray collection that (despite what the packaging might tell you, or indeed any other advice that you might receive),
I can reliably inform you that all of the discs are 'Region-free' EXCEPT FOR Blood Simple which uniquely has 'Region A' encoding.
The other Blu Ray titles are of course excellent and quirky and probably familiar to Coen fans.
Unfortunately, I cannot comment on Blood Simple, as I must either purchase a hardware mod for my Sony BDP-S780 to make it 'Region-free' for Blu Ray, or (for much the same price), purchase a USA Blu Ray player...
So please bear this in mind if considering purchasing this item.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Sep 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The Coen brothers have a distinctive style: petty schemes and evil motives, leavened with humor and then sudden violence, about characters that you would never want to know. Yet at their best, they are utterly riveting as stories, to the point that you cannot quite stop watching them. The acting is also consistently excellent, often by stellar if less known talents.

The individual films is this package divide themselves into excellent and good, though I admit that I didn't really get Raising Arizona, though many people do. Blood Simple is a fun neo-Noire, with a caper, a bad guy, and a pretty heroine. It is good, but not particularly memorable.

Fargo, on the other hand, is an absolutely first-rate film, one of my all-time favorites in fact. You have Macy, who is a hapless guy locked into an extended family that assigns him an awful role, that of the bumbler who must be tolerated. His father-in-law is a perfectly awful man, with his condescension and the over-reaching arrogance that comes from success in business. He uses people, is blatantly insensitive to anyone else's feelings, and thinks he is the center of the universe. Macy's wife is as ineffectual as her husband, feeding into his rage with her soulless cheeriness and outwardly good intentions. So Macy hatches what can only be called a harebrained scheme, which brings a pair of stupid and funny criminals into the mix and then McDormand, an extremely competent and very pregnant sheriff. The mix is as calamitous as it is hilarious.

Miller's Crossing is a gangster flick, but of a superior quality and humor, with first rate acting in comparison with similar films. Byrne, an advisor to a capo, has a serious gambling problem and is being chased by enforcers at the same time that he is involved in a violent intrigue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Different cover or no - if you're living in the UK don't be tempted by the 'US' version of "Coen Brothers Collection". The American issue on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

Stick with the UK variant instead. Besides in 2014 it's come down in price a lot - to a level that makes it stonking great bargain...
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124 of 131 people found the following review helpful
A better value for Coen fans, and Fox makes a good effort 31 Aug 2011
By J. Corbit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Four great Coen Brothers early works from Fox, and a couple licensed from MGM. Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, and Miller's Crossing are all instant classic films from the Coen catalog, and Fargo is an Oscar favorite bundled with this set and previously available. The die-hard Coen fans probably already own Fargo, making its inclusion here a little annoying for them, but it's still a better value (at current prices) than buying the others as individual discs. For those who have been waiting to get Fargo, or want a headfirst introduction to some of America's coolest filmmakers, this is a great bargain and a fantastic set; for the rest of us who are already Coen converts, buy the set, enjoy it, resell or give your extra Fargo to a friend, and try not to stew too badly thinking about Barton Fink, which yes, would have been better suited for this set.

Fox has given us individual cases for each movie, which I like a lot better than the cheap cardboard packaging of other sets. The discs themselves look and sound great. Most knowledgeable Blu-ray buyers know that there's a sliding scale, the age of the film and the cost invested in the release will determine how good it will look, and those films that have suffered from poor storage or mishandling are special challenges. I think, on the sliding scale, the Coen Brothers films included here look fantastic. These are mostly independently made films, in the range of twenty to twenty-six years old (excluding Fargo), none of them using Hollywood blockbuster money. I think Fox has done a bang-up job on their MGM license releases, and the Coen Brothers set continues that streak. The colors are as vibrant as each film's color palette allows, and a welcome amount of detail is brought out on Blu-ray. For artistic and intelligent films, the Coen Brothers employ a lot of kinetic camerawork and striking visuals, more in line with big-money Hollywood films, and these releases showcase that better than the DVDs I've seen. Occasional softness or a little grain notwithstanding, these are very well-done Blu-ray, and I think easily the best these film have looked since they first hit theaters.

The sound is very solid, though I have to admit my system isn't the best way to test that. No noticeable flaws to me. English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby Digital Surround on Arizona and Miller's, Blood Simple is English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio. Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and French 5.1 DTS on Arizona and Miller's, no other language tracks on Blood Simple. Fargo is the same as before, English 5.1 DTS Master Audio and Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish, French, German, and Italian 5.1 DTS, Portugese and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital. All are 50GB dual layer discs, ACV @ 39 MBPS (Blood Simple), 31 MBPS (Raising Arizona and Fargo), and 30 MBPS (Miller's Crossing).

Special features are a little thin, but we would be complaining about the wait if Fox put off these releases until the Coen Brothers wanted to contribute more in-depth features and commentary. Raising Arizona essentially gets nothing (trailers and TV spots, and if ever a film was overdue praise, it's this one. A loaded special edition may be planned for some time (25th anniversary is next year), but for anyone who wants the film looking its best (or pretty damn good), this edition is commendable. Blu-ray buyers know the bread and butter of most studios are new releases, not catalog titles, so this is nothing we haven't seen before, and better than a lot of them.

Menus and playback features are pretty stylish. Studios seldom get credit for that, but the extra work is appreciated.

It would have been downright heroic to get Barton Fink with these other early Coen Brothers favorites for the same price, but Fox probably makes a better profit including a previously-released film which has already been paid for, and they've been pretty generous to make the other three titles individually available, if you only want one or two. Not a bad compromise. These are excellent films, fantastic stories and great acting, incredible directing and original ideas, must-owns for me, and if they haven't been given Lord of the Rings-level attention, they've at least been treated pretty respectfully. I'll wait for Barton Fink to get its own release, and get my Coen Brothers fix in the meantime with the four that are included.
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Great Collection, Great Price 31 Jan 2012
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a great collection for a great price; there isn't a bad Coen Brothers movie and they run from great to pretty good (the worst being Intolerable Cruelty which is not part of this collection). This includes three early films and the Oscar winning Fargo. Virtually all Coen films are tales of morality and what happens when one crosses the line into immorality; their first, Blood Simple, is included here and is their first foray into film noir. Their second, the offbeat comedy Raising Arizona, is one of my favorites and is their first foray into allegorical story telling. Their third film, Miller's Crossing, is another film noir offering with a character who manipulates, and is often manipulated by, other gangsters as he operates under a code of morality known only to him. FInally, Fargo is another film noir that examines the "domino principle" and what happens when one crosses the morality line, tapping the first domino that causes them all to fall while spinning wildly out of control. It's also one of two films in history that I can recall that successfully mingles comedic elements with stark violence. The Coens contrast the quirkiness of midwesterners with the stark harshness of violent crimes. By the way, the other film that does this successfully? A Clockwork Orange. The interesting thing for me is when I think back on A Clockwork Orange I remember it as very violent and when I watch it I realize how funny it also is. When I think back on Fargo I remember the comedy and then when watching I realize how serious and violent it is.

Regarding the transfers, Blood Simple and Miller's Crossing are fair, Raising Arizona and Fargo are very good. Still, to get these four movies you can't beat the price.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Good Value at $19.99, Fargo Missing Extra Feature 21 May 2012
By R. Baurer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
I got this at Best Buy on sale for $19.99. Not sure if it is worth more unless you do not own a previous DVD version of any of these movies. Fargo is missing an extra feature found on the Special Edition DVD version -- the Charlie Rose Interview with the Coen Brothers and Frances McDormand. This makes no sense why it was not included.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good Blu-rays though no-frills 13 Oct 2012
By allankoay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Gotta admit, the title of the box set is kinda dumb - "From the minds of ...". But it's a good decision to put these four movies together. All are crime-gone-wrong movies (what the Coens are best at), although some may argue that Raising Arizona is out of place here as it's the only full-on comedy. Since Blood Simple is an early Coens film, can't expect much from the Blu-ray transfer. The rest are quite good transfers to high-def, although not top-notch reference-disc material. Raising Arizona's colours are especially vivid, since its palette fits the slapstick cartoonish action. Miller's Crossing has a stately picture quality and the classy cinematography is very much aided by the high-def, where colours are correct and shadows are strong. The obvious lack here are extras. But I believe there are not many extras on the individual releases either, so what's there to complain really.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Blood Simple. 5 Nov 2013
By Darrell Cadwallader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I bought this collection just for Blood Simple because it's not streaming on Netflix; and let's face it, the price is right. I'm planning a Coen binge-watching night soon.
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